Summer learning at a glance:
This issue kicks off with—what else—summer! Last week we released a small part of our upcoming Uncertain Times survey in conjunction with Summer Learning Day. The survey affirms what afterschool program providers and staff working in the field already know: summer learning programs for kids are facing growing enrollment and tighter budgets. Nearly a fifth of summer programs (17 percent) reported reducing their services last summer due to budget pressures, while more than half (54 percent) said they expect increased enrollment this summer. Check out the article here. This issue’s Outreach section has text for a letter-to-the-editor or blog post on the importance of summer learning and includes stats from the new data.
The Advocate contains happier budget news out of New York City. Thanks to the tireless work of the Campaign for Children, afterschool providers, parents and youth in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn have announced that they will restore $150 million for child care and afterschool programs to the city’s budget. Read more.
If you haven’t already started planning for Lights On Afterschool 2012, this issue has tips on ways to get started! Be sure to download the Afterschool Alliance’s Lights On Afterschool Event Planning Kit and ensure that your program is ready to join the more than 7,500 communities and one million Americans who will celebrate afterschool programs on October 18. Read more about getting a jump start on Lights On 2012.
Sadly, it’s not all good news. In a move that caused deep concern for afterschool advocates and for families that rely on afterschool programs, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation that would provide level funding, $1.15 billion, for 21st Century Community Learning Centers in the 2013 fiscal year budget —but would also let states divert 21st CCLC funds from afterschool and summer learning programs. Read Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant’s take on it here.
If you missed attending the Afterschool for All Challenge last month, be sure to check out a special episode of the podcast Please Speak Freely from Development Without Limits. Portions of the podcast were recorded live from the Challenge. It features an interview with Jodi Grant and highlights from the opening panel and the “Breakfast of Champions.”